Favorite Openers of Musicals

There are many important parts of a musical. In many ways, it is important to form an emotional connection to the characters- in order to have a WANT, DESIRE, and REASON to feel the emotions. How can you fully explain enjoying the negative emotions- they hurt, but your emotional connection helps. Well, the opening of a musical is the first step of creating this. Overtures don’t count- there is only one exception.

Musical Opening

  1. Overture
  2. Santa Fe (Prologue)
  3. No One Mourns the Wicked
  4. Jellicle Songs for Jellice Cats
  5. Circe of Life
  6. Magic to Do
  7. The Greatest Show
  8. Overture/Work Song
  9. Vuelie/ The Sun Shine On

The Perfect Musical for a Snow Day

Recently in Charlotte, it has snowed, but not the right snow for playing due to being crunchy snow. Now, there are some musicals that have snow in them- due to some Winter scenes. Now, is there a perfect musical meant for a snow day?

Frozen

Elsa, one of our two protagonists, has snow and ice powers, who accidentally caused an eternal snow on Arendelle. Due to her powers, the musical is filled with several snow and ice scenes, and one of the characters is Olaf, a talking and lovable snowman. “Let it Go” shows Elsa really experimenting with her powers. Anna, Elsa’s younger sister, sees a lot of snow on her journey to find to her sister.

Frozen is one of the many musicals I love and still hope to see in person. Well, I still have to wait till June of this year, but at least I know I am going. The 2nd attempt, which in many ways makes me more excited this time around.

Christmas of 2021- starting Christmas Eve

There were many things that were special about Christmas this year. After all, last Christmas some things had to be put on hold due to some restrictions- meaning we couldn’t go an actual Christmas Eve service or have family come visit. That is why Christmas 2021 had something really special about it. In many ways, Christmas starts Christmas Eve at the Candlelight Service–yes even if it starts at 10:30 at night.

Christmas Eve Service

With a trumpet and a string quartet, it really makes you feel the festive nature of Christmas. After all, Christmas is a celebration. At this year’s service, during the prelude, the congregation sang three carols, which was new. One of my favorite moments still remains during “Silent Night” when the lights go dim and candles are lit. While not ending on Christmas, it still ended near the start of Christmas.

The Stocking

Still wake up early to get my stocking- usually the first thing I open. Not until 6-7 though- after all, those are the easiest ones to open—don’t have to wait for others for that. Whatever isn’t under the tree counts as a stocking gift. There are some things I expect to find in the stocking such as chocolate- as in things that are in there year after year.

The Alex and Ani Bracelet is a Wonka Bar- by the way, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was one of my favorite movies as a child. The Pandora Charm was a peppermint hot chocolate. Well, in 2022 my family is having their 2nd attempt at Frozen (it got postponed last year)——so our ticket from last year was used, and the original date was marked out, and the new date was marked on top.

By the way, I even consider the calendar for the next year to be a stocking gift. Mine will be Von Gogh themed.

Under the Tree Presents

These can be hard to wait for because you see them added day after day, and you are wondering what are in your presents. Part are usually gifts you asked for and parts aren’t. Waiting the day of can be hard.

Movies- Live Action Disney Cinderella and I Can Only Imagine

Books- A Little Princess and Call Us What We Carry

Ornaments- Bitty and Beau’s Coffee Cup and Glinda Bubble Dress

In addition, there are two bags

Hope in Musical Theatre

One of the themes I found in the world of musicals is hope. As a matter of fact, a number of characters have some kind of hope and light in their lives even those with tragic lives.

Newsies

One of the groups where you see hope is found in the Newsies. They do have difficult lives- having to rely on selling papers, and many are homeless. But increasing the price will make things more difficult—–a huge reason why they went on strike when Pulitzer raised the prices. They have a strong hope for their cause- as seen in songs like “Seize the Day”.

Elphaba

Elphaba may have been born different, but she is such an incredible character. She is full of hope when she arrives at Shiz, as shown during “Wizard and I”.

Friends of the ABC

In many ways, this political group of students is very much like the Newsies. A strong brotherly bond and a cause they have high hope and passion for and one they don’t give up on till the end. Both groups even have a leader. Enjolras is the most passionate of everyone in this group.

Jean Valjean

He found hope in two ways. Initially, he found it through the Bishop, who taught him the ways of the Lord. The 2nd place was when he adopted Cosette. Cosette ended up being the best part of his life. Several of his actions ended up being a result of encountering the Bishop—-he ended up having a strong love for God.

Fantine

Can a character with such a tragic life have hope? Yes, it is true. Fantine may have a very tragic life, but she still had something to hold onto. Her light is through her daughter, Cosette. She had hope that her daughter would get a better life. She died in peace and happiness after Valjean promised that he will take care of her daughter.

Eponine

Just like Fantine, even Eponine lived such a dark life. Eponine only had one good thing in her life. After she met Marius, she finally came across someone who treated her kindly. This would lead to her strong love for him. She had to hold on or else she wouldn’t have any light in her life. She even had such a touching and moving death- she did sacrifice her life to save Marius, but at least she was in the arms of him when she died. Sadly, the happiest part of her life was at this moment—–dying in Marius’ arms.

Cosette/Marius

Yes, Les Mis is home to a love triangle. In many ways, Cosette and Marius bring a lot of hope to this tragedy. Cosette is supposed to represent light and hope, which was first seen when she was a child. The love Marius and Cosette have for each other keeps hope alive- there is a reason Marius had to survive the uprising.

Annie

Whenever I think of Annie, I think of her optimism. I think that is what drove me to loving the musical as a child.

Friends of the ABC and Newsies

Yesterday, I talked about two parallels found in musical theatre. Today, I decided to continue that series- this time with two groups. One is found in a Disney musical and the other is from a classic novel.

The Newsies

In the musical, the Newsies are a group of brothers who have a close bond that they feel like family. They are led by Jack Kelly, a dreamer and romantic, who cares deeply about his brothers especially Crutchie, his best friend. They have a cause (the strike) they strongly believe in and have high hopes for it. They may be underdogs, but are an amazing group of brothers.

Jack Kelly is someone who cares more about his brothers than the cause. He is willing to call it off the strike in order to protect them. After a big fight broke out, it left him with inner conflict—-seeing his brothers getting hurt and Crutchie arrested. This inner conflict in many ways makes Jack Kelly a complex character.

The Friends of the ABC

This political student group in Les Mis is so similar to the Newsies. Both have a strong brotherly bond and a strong passion and hope for their cause. Enjolras, their leader, is the most passionate about the uprising. While Enjolras cares a lot about his brothers, he has a stronger passion for the uprising. These guys stay passionate to the end——even when they know they will die. You even see a vulnerable side when it comes to them- as shown in “Drink with Me”.

Most of their songs are full of passion and hope, but “Drink with Me” shows their bond in an intimate way, but at a heartbreaking time. At this time, the students do feel hopeless and wonder if the ones they love will miss them. They even have realized that most likely they will most likely die. Marius is still devastated over the loss of Eponine- not knowing how much more trauma he will face.